Mental Health: Role of the individual for their well-being in the pandemic

mental health depress

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatriz Rodrigues Cândido, a 21 year old student studying medicine at UERN in
Mossoró, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


According to WHO data, Brazil is the country that occupies the largest number of anxiety cases in the world (9.3%), while the United States of America has 5.6% of cases. Emotional problems such as anxiety and stress are potentially harmful to mental health and can lead to depression and affect the immune system. In the current context of the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, leading to the isolation of the population, the concern with the mental health of individuals becomes even more worrying.

The radical change in routine in people’s lives is one of the worst weather conditions resulting from the pandemic. Knowing how to deal with work tasks and manage activities through online platforms with reduced ease caused by human contact has been a challenge for many. For that, one of the alternatives has been resilience. After all, as studies point out (SILVA et al., 2016) resilience is related to greater personal fulfillment and less emotional exhaustion.

One of the aggravations to the mental health of the population in the current scenario, is related to the guilt that many feel in the middle of a freer agenda, for failing to maintain a high rate of productivity. This fact is related both to the sudden change in people’s routine, requiring adaptation to the new daily life to feel motivated to produce, and to the social pressure that a person’s value is often correlated with their own. social position, which can only be achieved through an endless productive capacity. As studies show, the work system today is based on the idea of ​​excellence, effectiveness and total quality (MATTOS et al, 2015) and the productivity relationship is directly linked to the feeling of emotional well-being (RUCHA, 2011).

Finally, in order to acquire increased mental health, one must seek to develop adaptation and resilience. With the development of these two skills, you can both adapt to the new routine and learn to be productive in it.

References

Silva SM, Borges E, Abreu M, Queirós C, Baptista PCP, Felli VEA. Relação entre resiliência e burnout: promoção da saúde mental e ocupacional dos enfermeiros. Rev Port Enferm Saúde Mental. 2016;(16):41-8.

Organização Mundial de Saúde-OMS. Depression and other common mental disorders: global health estimates[Internet]. Geneva: WHO; 2017[cited 2017 Nov 04]. Available from: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/254610/1/WHO-MSD-MER-2017.2-eng.pdf

Mattos, C. B. M., & Schlindwein, V. L. Dal C. (2015). Excelência e produtividade: novos imperativos de gestão no serviço público. Revista Psicologia & Sociedade, 27(2), 322-331.

Rucha, S., & Vasco, A. B. (2011). Necessidade psicológica de produtividade/lazer: 77 Relação com bem-estar e distress psicológico (Dissertação de mestrado). Retirado de http://hdl.handle.net/10451/4991

About the author

Beatriz Rodrigues Cândido is 21 years old and is studying medicine at UERN in
Mossoró. She is the local president of IFMSA BRAZIL UERN and also founded an
extension project by name ECAH (Teaching Children Aspects of Hygiene) in which
one of the axes worked is mental hygiene, which aims to promote the reduction of
anxiety and increase mental health in children. children through recreational activities.
For Beatriz, many diseases have emotional roots, which is why the promotion of mental
health is so necessary.

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

Theresa May’s global Britain against Philip Hammond’s Brexit fog

Preventing and resolving conflicts must form ‘backbone’ of collective efforts – UN chief

This woman solved one of the biggest problems facing green energy

The EU to bear the cost of eventual sanctions against Russia

This heroic doctor is waging war on rape and the stigma around it

Glasgow and Edinburgh race to become the UK’s first net-zero emissions city

OECD joins with Argentina to fight financial crime

Do men and women really have different leadership styles?

Amid ‘unprecedented combination’ of epidemics, UN and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo

EU-Turkey relations: EU considers imposing sanctions while Turkey keeps violating Cyprus’ sovereignty

‘Abhorrent’ ambulance attack in Libyan capital imperils life-saving work, warns UN

Bosnia and Herzegovina: MEPs concerned by slow progress in EU-related reforms

Japan’s agro-food sector would benefit greatly from policies to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable resource use

COP21 Breaking News: Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation Announced

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

Real EU unemployment rate at 10.2%+4.1%+4.7%: Eurostat Update

US Middle East peace plan ‘lopsided’, says independent UN rights expert

How a 3-point plan could help rebuild business for the long-term

JADE Generations Club: Connecting perspectives, changing Europe.

US pardons for accused war criminals, contrary to international law: UN rights office

Coronavirus could trigger a hunger pandemic – unless urgent action is taken

Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic

Further reforms will promote a more inclusive and resilient Indonesian economy

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

The Parliament defies a politically biased Banking Union

Europe, US and Russia haggle over Ukraine’s convulsing body; Russians and Americans press on for an all out civil war

Latin America is a mass-transit powerhouse. But it needs fine-tuning

How wealthy people transmit this advantage to their children and grand children

Can technology save life on Earth?

ECB: Monetary policy decisions

Why home is the least safe place to be a woman

Climate change: ‘A moral, ethical and economic imperative’ to slow global warming say UN leaders, calling for more action

Big world banks to pay $ 4.95bn for cheating customers; Is it a punishment or a gentle caress?

London wants new skyscrapers to protect cyclists from wind tunnels

How to talk to people about mental health – and support one another

President Juncker temporarily transfers portfolio responsibilities following departure of two Members of the European Commission

EU budget for 2019: do more for the young, SMEs and the climate, urge MEPs

Copyright: MEPs update rules for the digital age

An Eastern Wind

UN Assembly calls on all States to observe Olympic Truce throughout Tokyo Summer Games

CEOs say these 4 factors will shape business in 2020

Dare to be vulnerable, and three other lessons in leadership

This robot has soft hands. It could be the future of sustainable production

Four major resources for new European young entrepreneurs

ILO warns of widespread insecurity in the global labour market

This city in India swaps plastic for free meals

‘Multi-generational tragedy’ in Israel and Palestine demands political will for two-State solution

European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner

When is necessary understand the cultural marks in health-disease process

Bolivia: UN underlines support for ‘credible, transparent and inclusive’ election

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

How COVID-19 compares to seasonal flu, and why you should take it seriously

Renewal of cross-border aid operation critical to northern Syria: UN relief chief

Supercomputing could solve the world’s problems, and create many more

European Junior Enterprise Network – Ready to take the Step Into the Future?

A Sting Exclusive: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Regional Forum

Want to shop more sustainably and recycle better? This app could help

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

More Stings?

Advertising

Trackbacks

  1. […] Mental Health: Role of the individual for their well-being in the pandemic  The European Sting […]

  2. […] The radical change in routine in people’s lives is one of the worst weather conditions resulting from the pandemic. Knowing how to deal with work tasks and manage activities through online platforms with reduced ease caused by human contact has been a challenge for many. For that, one of the alternatives has been resilience. After all, as studies point out (SILVA et al., 2016) resilience is related to greater personal fulfillment and less emotional exhaustion… […]

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s